Child safety advocate Marc Klaas speaks about Jared Fogle sex crime charges


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — News of the guilty plea of Subway’s star pitchman Jared Fogle is sparking reaction nationwide.

A local child safety advocate said what happened to Fogle is a heads-up for children and parents.

KRON4’s Teriesa Estacio talked with Marc Klaas about the case.

The reported guilty plea certainly touched a nerve with child advocate Marc Klaas. Klass runs the Polly Klaas Foundation, named after his daughter Polly who was abducted and murdered in 1993 by a sexual predator. KRON4 sat down with Klaas to get his expert opinion about the lessons that parents can learn from the Fogle case.

Klass said parents can learn a lot about the case coming to light involving former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle.

“We need to teach our kids to speak out about adults, to be strong,” Klaas said. “And that they can and should say that they are uncomfortable about being around an adult.”

“We need to do more. We need to give them better skills,” Klaas added. “We can not put children in a bubble, but we can give them better tools. Self-defense is good. They can learn from that, build their confidence.”

Klaas said the Fogle case is also a big reminder that child exploitation is a serious matter that must be a part of a constant dialogue between parent and child.

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